Sunday, December 21, 2014

SPOTLIGHT AND CHARACTER PHOTOS FOR DELIGHTFUL NEW HISTORICAL MUSICAL COMEDY TV SERIES 'GALAVANT' WITH JOSHUA SASSE, TIMOTHY OMUNDSON, MALLORY JANSEN

'GALAVANT' EPIC TV SHOW
YOUR FAVOURITE SUNDAY KNIGHT
Your favourite new Sunday knight will soon become GALAVANT - that is the name of the main star of upcoming new historical musical comedy series which starts airing at ABC January 4th! Its four hilarious episodes will air on Sunday evenings catching the perfect timing while regular shows are on the New Year's break!

SINGING HERO
 Producer Dan Fogelman (Tangled, Cars) teams up with award winning musical team - composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast) and lyricist Glenn Slater (Tangled) - for a 4 week comedy extravaganza. Once upon a time, the dashing hero, GALAVANT  (Joshua Sasse) lost the love of his life, Madalena (Mallory Jansen), to the evil King Richard (Timothy Omundson). Now, our fallen hero is ready to take revenge and restore his “happily ever after.” But it won’t be without a few twists and turns along the way. John Stamos, Ricky Gervais, Rutger Hauer, Hugh Bonneville will guest star!
THE GALLANT KNIGHT
Charming and handsome, Galavant (Jossua Sasse) is a gallant knight and hero so beloved he is known by just one name. When he goes to save the love of his life, Madalena, after she was kidnapped by the evil King Richard, she rejects GALAVANT when he proclaims all he has to offer her is his love. Since then, he has gone broke, stopped bathing and has gained weight - most likely due to his penchant for libations.
THE EVIL KING
King Richard (Timothy Omundson) is the evil king who kidnapped Madalena. He has a strong hatred and great disdain for GALAVANT, especially since his wife Madalena cannot stop talking about him. He sends Isabella to lure GALAVANT to him, with plans to kill the beloved hero. Notorious for his evil ways, King Richard indulges in such hobbies as raising taxes and tormenting the poor. The evil king isn’t as tough as one may think, though - one insult from Madalena and he bursts into tears.
THE FLIMSY QUEEN
A lady with long legs and glowing skin, Madalena (Mallory Jansen) is the love of Galavant’s life who gets kidnapped by King Richard. When GALAVANT comes to save her, she chooses the life of fame and fortune over him and marries King Richard instead. Rigid and demanding, she shows her true colours after becoming queen. She is also a bit of a nymphomaniac.

THE HANDY HENCH MAN
Rough and tough, Gareth (played by action star Vinnie Jones) is King Richard’s right-hand henchman who does the king’s fighting for him. He is King Richard’s brawn and often has to instruct the king on how to be more manly in his ways.
THE SPUNKY PRINCESS
Isabella (Karen David), (full name: Princess Isabella Lucia Maria Elizabetta of Valencia) is the spunky Princess of Valencia who seeks out and engages the once gallant GALAVANT in order to save her people from King Richard. She is sent by the king to lure GALAVANT to him, as King Richard plans to kill Galavant in front of his former flame, Madalena. She is a great actress, as her kingdom is known for theater... and also, cabbage.

TRUSTY SQUIRE
Sid (Luke Youngblood) is Galavant’s trusty squire who assists the fallen hero. He keeps Galavant’s life in order, especially after Madalena rejected GALAVANT, who hasn’t been himself since then. Sid is adopted; when he was a baby, an older couple found him on their doorstep and took him in.


DEZZY'S CHRISTMAS CAKE MAGIC
  WHO WANTS SCRUMPTIOUS STRAWBERRY CAKE?
Mark your calendars for Monday December 22nd because that is the day Dezzy will bake his scrumptious strawberry cake over at my sweet sister Theresa's MIXED NUTS blog in honour of Christmas and her birthday! I expect your comments there tomorrow and feel free to follow Theresa, she follows back :)

SARAH JESSICA PARKER TO LEAD 'DIVORCE' SITCOM! 'GO JERROD GO' SITCOM AT NBC! DANIEL WU TO LEAD AMC 'BADLANDS' EPIC FANTASY SERIES! HILARIOUS 'BILL' TRAILER BRINGS COMEDY TO SHAKESPEAREAN TIMES!

SARAH JESSICA PARKER
TO LEAD HBO SITCOM 'DIVORCE'
Television news from the comedy genre today for you, people, starting with Sarah Jessica Parker who is returning to HBO as she will lead DIVORCE sitcom as one half of a couple who undergo an extremely drawn-out divorce. She is also producing!
'GO JERROD GO' NBC SITCOM
Meanwhile, over at NBC half hour comedy GO JERROD GO will see comedian Jerrod Carmichael and Amber West playing a young couple, Jerrod and Maxine, who decide to move in together. However, when it comes time to inform Jerrod's parents, he finds every reason in the world not to tell them.

'BADLANDS' EPIC TV SERIES
DANIEL WU TAKES THE LEAD
AMC has also found a lead for a series of their own: 'Deadline' reports that martial arts epic fantasy drama BADLANDS will have Daniel Wu as the lead!  The six episode series, loosely based on the Chinese tale 'Journey To The West' is set in a land controlled by feudal barons, telling the story of a ruthless, well-trained warrior named Sunny (Wu) and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment. I've previously announced that the cast will also include Emily Beecham, Sarah Bolger and Oliver Stark.

'BILL' COMEDY TRAILER
 SHAKESPEARE GOES HILARIOUS
And to bring you some cheer into the prefestive weekend, check out funny new trailer for British comedy movie BILL which explains what really happened during Shakespeare's 'Lost Years' - how hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare leaves his family and home to follow his dreams  in London. Ready to open in UK next March the film will see "murderous kings, spies, lost loves, and a plot to blow up Queen Elizabeth". Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond play 40 roles between them.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

BEAUTIFUL 'LITTLE CHAOS' TRAILER WITH KATE WINSLET, MATTHIAS SCHOENAERTS & ALAN RICKMAN AS KING LOUIS XIV! MANU BENNETT JOINS 'SHANNARA' EPIC SERIES!

'SHANNARA' EPIC TV SERIES
MANU BENNETT WILL BE A DRUID
MTV's small screen adaptation of famous epic novels SHANNARA keeps casting actors, and the latest one is SPARTACUS, ARROW and THE HOBBIT star Manu Bennett who will play a druid named Allanon, the last of his kind. The ten episodes of the epic TV series already have Austin Butler as half human and half elf - who discovers that he is the last of the legendary SHANNARA family. The events of the series take place years after the destruction of our civilisation. Poppy Drayton will play elfin princess Amberle. Aaron Jakubenko will be Ander, Amberle’s uncle, an Elven Prince with the reputation for being the wild party boy who has yet to find his way in the world.

'LITTLE CHAOS' FIRST TRAILER
KATE WINSLET AT ALAN RICKMAN'S KING LOUIS XIV COURT
Here's something we've been anxiously waiting for - first trailer for Kate Winslet's period drama LITTLE CHAOS which comes out next March with Kate playing Sabine, a strong-willed landscape designer who challenges sexual and class barriers when she is chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis XIVs (Alan Rickman, who is also directing the movie) new palace at Versailles. This causes her to become professionally and romantically entangled with the courts renowned landscape architect André Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts)!

Friday, December 19, 2014

NEIL JACKSON IS PRINCE OF 'LUMEN' IN TNT'S NEW FANTASY ADVENTURE TV SERIES! ROMANTIC MUSICAL 'THE LAST FIVE YEARS' POSTER AND TRAILER WITH ANNA KENDRICK, JEREMY JORDAN

NEIL JACKSON JOINS
TNT'S 'LUMEN' FANTASY SERIES
In  the news from our favourite fantasy genre, TNT's upcoming fantasy adventure television series LUMEN has cast its prince! 'Deadline' reports that super dashing Brit Neil Jackson (whom we noticed when he played naughty driver in BBC's UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS) has joined the show about the famous author of a best selling series of fantasy books suddenly who disappears, and a family of four finds themselves transported to the mystical alternate world that inspired her work. 

PRINCE DAI OF LUMEN
Neil Jackson will play Prince Dai of LUMEN who’s also the long lost husband and father of the family. Stunned to see his wife and son in LUMEN, Dai explains how he came to be on Earth and why he left them, unwillingly, to go back to Lumen, his home. I've reported recently that Sam Jaeger will play the stepfather, while Wynn Everett will be the author! Young actor Simon Kassianides will play Bevan Gravewood, the Captain of the Emperor’s Royal Guard in Lumen!

'THE LAST FIVE YEARS'
ROMANTIC MUSICAL TRAILER
The first poster and a trailer have been released for THE LAST FIVE YEARS, a musical deconstruction of a love affair and a marriage taking place over a five year period. Jamie Wellerstein (Jeremy Jordan) is a young, talented up and coming novelist who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt (Anna Kendrick I personally cannot stand the screeching frequency of her voice), a struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through songs using an intercutting time line device; all of Cathy's songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair while Jamie's songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. Its beautiful pop music score portrays an honest, heartbreaking, often funny, exploration of love and it's consequences on individual identity. It's out next February!


DEZZY'S CHRISTMAS CAKE MAGIC
Mark your calendars for Monday December 22nd because that is the day Dezzy will bake his scrumptious strawberry cake over at my sweet sister Theresa's MIXED NUTS blog in honour of Christmas and her birthday!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

1ST KATE WINSLET PIC AS 'THE DRESSMAKER'! NEW 'SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL' TRAILER WITH JUDI DENCH, MAGGIE SMITH, BILL NIGHY! JULIAN MCMAHON IN 'CHILDHOOD'S END' SF SERIES

KATE WINSLET IN FIRST
PHOTO AS 'THE DRESSMAKER'
It's a day of delights today since we have the first photo of Kate Winslet as THE DRESSMAKER! She plays Tilly Dunnage, a fashion designer who returns to her hometown in rural Australia in the 1950s. She returns to her childhood home to take care of her ill mother Molly, but takes the opportunity to exact revenge on those who have wronged her in the past. Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving and Judy Davis also star!

JULIAN MCMAHON JOINS
'CHILDHOOD'S END' SF SERIES
In TV news, SyFy's new sf series CHILDHOOD'S END has just added Julian McMahon to the cast of the six hour miniseries based on Arthur C. Clarke’s classic which follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious ‘Overlords,’ whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture. McMahon will play Rupert Boyce, an enigmatic entrepreneur. Daisy Betts is the female lead, Ellie, an arts graduate engaged to marry Ricky Stormgren (Mike Vogel), the most influential human in the world. Charles Dance is playing the alien leader!

DELIGHTFUL NEW TRAILER
 'SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL' WITH JUDI DENCH
A charming treat for today is new trailer for SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), which is making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina. Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy - posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the  tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone's secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself. The movie is out next March!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

'DA VINCI'S DEMONS' 3RD SEASON TEASER AND PHOTOS WITH TOM RILEY, ELLIOT COWAN, BLAKE RITSON! NEW 'CINDERELLA' TRAILER WITH CATE BLANCHETT, RICHARD MADDEN, HELENA BONHAM CARTER!

'DA VINCI'S DEMONS' 3RD SEASON
TEASER & PICS - DESTRUCTION WAS NOT HIS DESIGN
Starz has released first teaser trailer and some new photos for the third season of the planetary popular epic show DA VINCI'S DEMONS which is broadcast in almost 200 countries around the world! The third season should probably start airing at the end of March or beginning of April, and as you can see in the teaser Leonardo (Tom Riley) will be faced with himself as an enemy - or to be more precise with his weapons and genius. Photos also show Elliot Cowan as Lorenzo Medici and Blake Ritson as Count Riario. Laura Haddock and Lara Pulver also star in the series about the life of the famous painter, focusing on his early years in Renaissance Florence. Third season will pick up directly after the events of the second season finale, and will see Da Vinci in turmoil as the city of Otranto is torn apart by an Ottoman invasion. As I reported earlier, David S. Goyer has left the helm to work on other projects and the new showrunner is John Shiban (X FILES). Speaking of epic series, I've uploaded 1st trailer for MUSKETEERS series, click to watch!


NEW 'CINDERELLA' TRAILER
ELLA'S RACE AGAINST THE CLOCK
Disney has released a new trailer for next March's fairy tale movie CINDERELLA offering new shots that weren't seen in the previous clip. The starstudded cast includes Cate Blanchett as the stepmother, Richard Madden as the prince, Helena Bonham Carter as Fairy  Godmother, Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera as the stepsisters, Hayley Atwell, Stellan Skarsgård and Derek Jacobi, and Lily James as CINDERELLA!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NEW 'BEOWULF' EPIC TV SERIES AT ITV! 'UNDATEABLE' 2ND SEASON, 'ONE BIG HAPPY' NBC SITCOMS TO AIR IN MARCH! EDDIE CIBRIAN JOINS 'BABY DADDY' SITCOM!

'BEOWULF' EPIC SERIES
BRITISH DARK AGE WESTERN
Bunch of TV news for you today starting with British ITV which are planning to turn famous epic BEOWULF into a western type epic TV series! The 13-part re-imagining of the Old English epic poem created by James Dormer, Tim Haines and Katie Newman, is set in the mythical Shieldlands, a dangerous place populated by both humans and fantastical creatures. A type of a Western set in the Dark Ages of Britain's mythic past, the story sees Beowulf return to his hometown of Herot following years spent wandering the country as a mercenary warrior. When Herot is attacked by the terrifying monster Grendel, Beowulf is left with no choice but to hunt it down, winning him favour with Herot's new female ruler. Shooting starts next April in UK!

TV SITCOMS UPDATES
EDDIE CIBRIAN IN 'BABY DADDY'
In the realm of our fave comedy series, BABY DADDY, which returns with the fourth season to ABC Family January 14th, will have Eddie Cibrian as the new guest star! He will play Ross, a charming, chivalrous, genuinely good guy who has just been transferred to a prestigious New York office, where he will be the new managing partner. Unfortunately, the night before his first day, he meets Riley (Chelsea Kane) at a bar — and things quickly turn romantic. What will happen once they learn that Ross is actually Riley’s new boss?
'UNDATEABLE' 2ND SEASON & 'ONE BIG HAPPY' TO AIR IN MARCH
NBC has announced their new sitcom block on Tuesdays starting from March which will see the return of beloved comedy UNDATEABLE in the second season on March 17th followed by new sitcom ONE BIG HAPPY! Starring Elisha Cuthbert and Nick Zano, ONE BIG HAPPY, produced by Ellen DeGeneres, centres on a lesbian and her straight male friend deciding to have a baby together. Warm and fun, UNDATEABLE follows a bunch of friends who, unlucky in love, hang  together in a bar owned by one of them. This truly lovely sitcom quickly won the love of the crowd when it aired its first season last spring starring Brent Morin, Chris D'Elia, Bianca Kajlich, David Fynn!

Monday, December 15, 2014

LAVISH CHARACTER PHOTOS AND SPOTLIGHT ON BBC NEW HISTORICAL SERIES 'WOLF HALL' WITH DAMIAN LEWIS AS KING HENRY VIII!

'WOLF HALL' EPIC SERIES
GETS FIRST CHARACTER PHOTOS
Although their last year's historical series WHITE QUEEN didn't meet with much success due to being poorly and chaotically written and badly acted at some points, BBC is again bravely venturing into the medieval waters with the launch of new Tudor era series WOLF HALL which will open the doors of the Tudor royal court in January in United Kingdom and later on in April at PBS in the United States! Today you can check out luxurious first images from the upcoming six part series presenting the main characters and their lavish costumes! To be broadcast at BBC Two next month the series is actually a small screen adaptation of Hilary Mantel's highly popular bestselling historical novels WOLF HALL and BRING UP THE BODIES with Damian Lewis leading the cast as English king Henry VIII whom we've last seen portrayed by Jonathan Rhys Meyers in THE TUDORS. But unlike that show, WOLF HALL is going to stick more closely to the real history with the aim to be more realistic in portraying the English court of the 16th century (the airing of the series actually coincides with the 500th anniversary of Hampton Court Palace!

HISTORICAL SERIES WILL FOCUS ON THOMAS CROMWELL  
The series will dominantly focus on Thomas Cromwell, the 16th-century Godfather like figure at the heart of all the machinations at the court of Henry VIII. Mark Rylance plays king’s chief minister, brutal fixer and disposer of royal wives, the man who was at home in courtroom or waterfront, bishop’s palace or inn yard. He could draft a contract, train a falcon, draw a map, stop a street fight, furnish a house and fix a jury! He spoke French and Italian, and because of his humble origins as son of a blacksmith, his class consciousness made him an astute observer and reader of men and women. Cromwell was instrumental in securing the annulment of Henry’s marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, his union with the scheming Anne Boleyn, her execution and Henry’s subsequent marriage to Jane Seymour.

JOANNE WHALLEY, ED SPELLERS, JONATHAN PRYCE ALSO STAR
In the series which will have over 100 characters, Saskia Reeves will appear as Cromwell's sister-in-law Johane. Charity Wakefield (Sense and Sensibility) will play Mary Boleyn, the royal mistress and sister to Henry VIII's second wife Anne, who will be played by Claire Foy (who is also the top candidate to portray the current queen Elizabeth in Netflix's new series THE QUEEN). Joanne Whalley will be Henry VIII's first wife, Catherine of Aragon, beloved by the nation. Legendary Jonathan Pryce will play the powerful and scheming Cardinal Wolsey. Mark Gatiss will be Henry's top civil servant Stephen Gardiner while GAME OF THRONES' Anton Lesser will play Thomas More. Another GAME OF THRONES star, Thomas Brodie Sangster, will play Cromwell's ward Rafe. ERAGON and DOWNTON ABBEY star Ed Speleers will be Edward Seymour, brother to Henry VIII's third wife, Jane! Jack Lowden will play famous poet Thomas Wyatt.

CANDLELIGHT AND CODPIECES
Among the interesting facts from the production of WOLF HALL, one of the most intriguing ones is that the series used new camera technology which allowed for the scenes to be shot under candlelight in Tudor halls and country homes which results in bigger authenticity. Among the funny facts is the one about codpieces: they were made much smaller so that they wouldn't baffle the American audience once it starts airing in USA.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

GORGEOUS NEW CHARACTER POSTERS FOR 'JUPITER ASCENDING' SF EPIC ADVENTURE WITH MILA KUNIS, CHANNING TATUM, EDDIE REDMAYNE, SEAN BEAN

'JUPITER ASCENDING' SF EPIC
STUNNING NEW CHARACTER POSTERS REVEALED
Gorgeous new character posters have been revealed for the long awaited science fiction epic JUPITER ASCENDING which will finally arrive into theatres next February directed by the Wachowsky siblings. The movie tells the story of Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), who was born under a night sky, with signs predicting she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along — her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos. It turns out that her DNA is identical to the one of the Queen of the Universe! 

EDDIE REDMAYNE ALIEN ROYALTY
Beside Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum, the other two posters show Eddie Redmayne and Sean Bean. Sean Bean is playing Stinger, who is spliced with bee DNA, giving him wings, speed, special vision and a sense of loyalty. Stinger was in the military with Caine, but when Caine got into trouble and Stinger stood up for him, his wings were removed and he was exiled to Earth. He lives a normal life on Earth along with his daughter, who he describes as the only good thing he's done in life, until she falls ill and is in need of a special nectar. Eddie Redmayne stars as Balem Abrasax, alien royalty whose family engages in the planetary business, trading in youth serum. He is the elder of the three Abrasax siblings and serves as the main villain who wants Earth for himself! Douglas Booth also stars!